After another first place finish in the West Division and a league-best 13-5 record, three BC Lions have been selected to represent the West as the CFL announced its Outstanding Player finalists on Wednesday morning.
Kick returner Tim Brown was named the division’s Outstanding Special Teams Player while right tackle Jovan Olafioye picks up his second consecutive Outstanding Lineman selection and defensive lineman Jabar Westerman received the nod as Outstanding Rookie.
Brown follows up his 2011 nomination as the Lions Outstanding Rookie and makes his first trip to the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards. Finishing behind only Toronto’s Chad Owens in combined yards, Brown had close to double the number of kickoff return yards of his nearest West Division rival and was third among CFL punt returners.
Olafioye makes his second trip to the year-end awards after anchoring a Lions offensive line that enabled the club to lead the league in yards per game as well as rushing yards. A fixture along the Lions front, Jovon has not missed a start in three seasons with the club.
When the Lions traded up in the CFL Draft this past spring they knew selecting defensive lineman Jabar Westerman would pay dividends and they were proven correct as the second overall selection will represent the West as the Outstanding Rookie. Filling in on occasion as a starter, Westerman recorded 14 defensive tackles and four sacks on the year.
The BC Lions await the winner of the Western Semi-Final between Calgary and Saskatchewan.
The Lions host the Western Final on Sunday, November 18th.
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